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18-55mm VS. 18-55mm IS

 
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Jun 05, 2010 19:51 |  #1

Alright so when I bought my 30D I didn't know much about lenses. I spent all my time learning about camera bodies and never thought that lenses would have different image quality. I knew there was a difference between a $100 lens and a $2000 lens so don't think I am too stupid.

My question is how much better is the 18-55mm IS than the non-IS version? I have the 18-55 non-IS version and it is a nice lens, I only use it to shoot at the 18mm end. I am just thinking in terms of budget. I seem to like wide angle lenses a lot more then the telephoto ones. I was looking at getting the 17-55 or maybe 16-35 but why? if the 18-mm IS is pretty good right?

Thanks for any thoughts or input!

(I know the IQ of the 17-55 and 16-35 are going to be better than the 18-55)


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Jun 05, 2010 19:52 |  #2
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considerably better, but if you have just a bit extra, consider the Tamron 17-50 non VC f/2.8. Great, sharp lens and f/2.8 on the long end will be a huge step up from f/5.6. Should run ya about $360-400 used.


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Jun 06, 2010 07:08 |  #3

hmm and the optical quality would be better than the 18-55mm IS ?


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Jun 06, 2010 07:42 |  #4

CW Jones wrote in post #10311228 (external link)
hmm and the optical quality would be better than the 18-55mm IS ?

You would want to consider the Tamron or Sigma equivalents only if you need a faster lens and want to spend the extra money. If you are in well-lit situations, the 18-55 IS is a great lens, and it may only cost you around $50 to upgrade by selling the old and buy a lightly-used IS 18-55. The IS version is better, but not revolutionary. In any case, I consider the $50 upgrade worth it.


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Jun 06, 2010 08:07 |  #5

Ya thats what I was thinking. I have my 50mm 1.8 if I find myself in low light. The 18-55 would be for landscapes ad times when I want a nice wide angle.


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Jun 06, 2010 08:35 |  #6

I am in the similar situation. I currently have the 18-55mm non-IS, nifty-fifty and the EF 75-300mm that I am planing to sell. Would it be better to buy the IS kitlens or save for the 55-250? I find I shoot mostly with my 50mm while 18-55mm is used almost exclusively near the wide end. As the IS is generally much more efficient at killing high frequency oscillations, how useful is it at the 18mm? Can I expect more than a 1-2 stop improvement?


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Jun 06, 2010 09:02 |  #7

dsvilko wrote in post #10311445 (external link)
I am in the similar situation. I currently have the 18-55mm non-IS, nifty-fifty and the EF 75-300mm that I am planing to sell. Would it be better to buy the IS kitlens or save for the 55-250? I find I shoot mostly with my 50mm while 18-55mm is used almost exclusively near the wide end. As the IS is generally much more efficient at killing high frequency oscillations, how useful is it at the 18mm? Can I expect more than a 1-2 stop improvement?

Which lens do you use more often? That might be the one to replace first. Generally speaking, however, IS would buy you more on the telephoto and the 75 - 300 is generally regarded as an awful lens.


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Jun 06, 2010 10:50 |  #8

CW Jones wrote in post #10309356 (external link)
if the 18-mm IS is pretty good right?

The 18-55mm IS is my workhorse lens. It lets me take great photos. I have other lenses, a zoom and a couple nice primes. However, should the 18-55mm IS ever fail, I'd replace it in an instant.


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Jun 06, 2010 11:57 |  #9

SO ignoring the IS part of it... the lens overall is better quality? not just because of the IS? haha


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Jun 06, 2010 12:26 |  #10

CW Jones wrote in post #10312298 (external link)
SO ignoring the IS part of it... the lens overall is better quality? not just because of the IS? haha

Yes, it is. Optically a marked improvement over its non-IS predecessor (stop down just a little bit for excellent centre sharpness). I've also found it to be a very reliable lens --- and at 1/4 of the price of the 15-85, it's the one I take to riskier places.


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Jun 06, 2010 17:56 |  #11

I just Made the switch! I have a like new condition 18-55mm IS on the way :)

After a weekend at Cape Cod playing with the 18-55 I decided I liked that ones quality, so I am hoping to like this one even more! Good decision I think. Thanks everyone!


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